The Russian Dominions in Europe, drawn from the latest Maps, printed by the Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg; revised and corrected, with the Post Roads & New Governments, from the Russian Atlas of 1806.
1808 (dated) 42.5 x 37 in (107.95 x 93.98 cm)
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A remarkable large format map first edition 1808 map of Russia by Jaspar Nantiat and William Faden. This exceptional map covers from the Artic Sea to the Black and Caspian Seas and from East Prussia and Moldova to the Aral Sea and Tobolsk. In addition to Russia, this map also includes, in part or whole, the modern day nations of Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Moldova, Georgia, and western Kazakhstan. It includes the European parts of Russia and is presented in extraordinary detail throughout detailing every city and town as well as topography, which is rendered in hachure, and other geographical features.
Russia at this time was ruled by Tzar Alexander I. Napoleon's Empire was at its heights and his disastrous 1812 invasion of Russia was already planned. Russia meanwhile was embroiled in the Finnish War with the Kingdom of Sweden.
Cartographically this map has been based upon maps printed by the Russian Academy of Sciences located in St. Petersburg. Much of the cartographic information included is derived directly from the 'Russian Atlas' published in 1806. The present example has been updated and translated into English by British publisher William Faden for issue in 1808. After Faden's death in 1836, this map's plates were acquired by James Wyld, who issued this map in several later editions.
William Faden (1750 - 1836) was an English Cartographer and publisher of the late 18th century. Faden worked under the direction of Thomas Jefferys. Jefferys held the position as "Geographer to the King and to the Prince of Wales", and upon his death in 1771, this position passed to William Faden. By 1822 Faden published over 350 known maps, atlases, and military plans. Faden had a particular interest in the mapping of North America and is best known for his important publication of the North American Atlas. William Faden is also well known for his publication of the first maps for the British Ordnance Survey in 1801. Following his death in 1836 Faden's firm was taken over by James Wyld.
Good. Backed with archival tissue. Two panels, joined. Some offsetting.